Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal: 5 Talking Points
Talking points from Manchester City's victory over Arsenal to send them eight points clear at the Premier League summit
Manchester City stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League to 8 points, with an emphatic win over Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium. Kevin de Bruyne's star-studded season continued with a neat left-footed strike to give City the lead, before Sergio Aguero doubled the advantage from the penalty spot following Nacho Monreal's shove on Raheem Sterling.
Alexandre Lacazette came off the bench to pull one back for the visitors, but the two-goal cushion was soon restored when Gabriel Jesus tapped in from David Silva's square pass - though the latter appeared to be offside when receiving the pass.
The result condemns Arsenal to their fourth defeat in six league games on the road this season, while Manchester City recorded a ninth successive league victory - a club record.
Here are the talking points from an entertaining encounter at Manchester:
#5 Manchester City sharp, rampant and ruthless for large periods
Manchester City's performance at the Etihad was another chapter in what turns out be a potential landmark story authored by Pep Guardiola this season. Right from kick-off, City were prowling on the counter-attack every time Arsenal gave away possession.
Led by the influential Kevin de Bruyne, the swiftness with which Manchester City exploited gaps in the Arsenal midfield and defence was mind-blowing to watch from a neutral point of view.
Every Manchester City player who was on the attack sought to find the perfectly needled pass for a team-mate in order to produce a goal-scoring opportunity. The precision with which every City pass found its target was a handful for Arsenal's defence - with Francis Coquelin deployed in an unfamiliar centre-half role.
The runaway league leaders were able to square balls across Petr Cech's goal on regular occasions.
If not for City's lacklustre finishing, they would have been out of sight by the end of the first half. However, their display sends alarm bells ringing across the Premier League and Europe's elite as well.